Two Bicyclists Die After Bicycle Accident In Morris, Illinois

There was a bicycle accident Tuesday night (June 21, 2016) in Morris, IL after which two bicyclists died.  Morris is about 60 miles southwest of Chicago.

The Grundy County Coroner’s Offices says the accident happened at approximately 7:00 p.m., in the 4500 block of Old Stage Road.  At that time, the westbound bicyclists were struck from behind by an SUV driven by a 16-year-old teenager from Morris.

The two people riding their bicycles were identified as Mark and Janice Wendling of Morris.  Mark Wendling was pronounced dead at the accident scene by the Grundy County Coroner.  Janice Wendling was airlifted from the accident scene, but died from her accident injuries shortly after being taken to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove.

Both Mark and Janice Wendling were wearing bicycle helmets at the time of the accident.

The driver of the SUV was cited for failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.

An excerpt from the June 22, 2016 The Herald-News article titled “Morris couple dies after being hit by vehicle“:

The investigation continues by the Grundy County Coroner’s Office, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office and DuPage County Coroner’s Office.

Additional details and possible updates can be seen in a variety of media sources, including The Herald-News article mentioned above, as well as the June 22 article (with video and remembrances) titled “Morris teacher, husband killed while riding bicycles.”


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